WP-CLI now coming preinstalled on all SiteGround Servers!

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We’re excited to announce that a new WordPress tool has been added to our servers. WordPress users who love command line will be happy to find WP-CLI pre-installed on all SiteGround accounts.

WP-CLI allows you to do multiple things like updating your WordPress, installing themes and plugins, setting up multiple sites, etc., and all that without using a web browser. To take advantage of the tool you don’t need to install anything yourself. Simply login to your account via SSH, navigate to the folder of your WordPress installation and start typing management commands – it’s that simple!

To learn how to use WP-CLI you can refer to our WP-CLI tutorial. Additionally, you can find a full list of WP-CLI commands on their official website.

SSH can be easily enabled for all SiteGround accounts through your cPanel. For detailed instructions refer to the following tutorial: How to enable SSH for your account.

Lily on the Joomlabe.at Podcast – the new SiteGround.com behind the scenes

Our rebranded website got the grounds moving and already generated quite a lot of traction and positive feedback. Thank you all! It's reported that it even made some people cry. 🙂

Peter Bui, host of the super cool Joomlabe.at podcast, didn’t cry, but got super excited about the redesign and invited us again to share some insights behind the redesign. Lily - our very own marketing master and visionary of the rebranding project reveals why we chose the handcrafted idea and leaves some pretty cool marketing and rebranding takeaways. Check out the episode and make sure to listen to the very end – you might win some SG swag too!

Do you think we did good communicating the handcrafted philosophy? Throw your comments below.

Joomla Security Webinar – video and slides available

Joomla Security & Akeeba Backup Webinar

After the success of our first webinar series on Joomla speed and SEO, we received numerous requests to organize sessions about Joomla security – extremely hot topic, especially after the recent spike of hack attempts. We didn’t wait long and partnered with our good friend Nicholas Dionysopoulos from Akeeba Backups for our second webinar series on Joomla security and backups.

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Joomlabe.at podcast hosts Tenko Nikolov

In the light of the recent botnet brute force attack, yesterday our very own Tenko was invited by the quickly rising Joomlabe.at podcast of our friendly host and passionate SG ambassador Peter Bui.

Tenko tells us how old he was when he got his first computer, why our philosophy about technology and innovation is different, and goes into the depths of the brute force attacks and what’s their target – you’ll be surprised – it’s not your website. Make sure to listen until the very end of the episode; Tenko shares some quite useful tips and tricks on how to remain safe and protected from similar attacks.

Oh, and by the way, if you haven’t subscribed to the podcast yet, make sure to do it and stay up to date with the latest developments in the Joomla world!

SiteGround Webinar Series

SiteGround Webinar

We’ve been thinking for quite some time now what will be a cool way to extend our resources and help you get your websites and business up and running, and here we are – starting a fresh educational initiative through webinars. We’ve got some of our partners excited about this idea too and will cooperate with them to bring you first hand experience and knowledge on the nitty-gritty of setting up and running an online business.

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Recent WordPress Brute Force Attempts and More – Solved!

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Update: How our approach to the Global WordPress Brute force attack is better than what we see other hosts now do.

At the time we post this there were not many official statements made by other web hosts, now more than 24 hours later we have seen several official statements how other approach the problem, and we would like to turn your attention to the fact that the solution to the Global WordPress brute force attack, proposed by the majority of the other hosts has some serious limitations. It is based on editing .htaccess files. We believe that this is only a partial fix to the problem. If your host relies only on .htaccess rules to stop the attackers, they actually allow them to reach your server, make requests, process those requests, check whether they should be blocked and then finally reject them. All that causes server load and makes your site slower, even if the brute-force attempt is stopped. Last but not least, this causes problems for the people who don't know about the attack and only see themselves unable to access their sites.

We at SiteGround have taken a different approach preventing attackers from even reaching the server. This means that no load is caused on the server, no sites are slowed down and all targeted sites are protected in a way that most of our customers won't even notice the attack!

It seems spammers and hackers didn't get much sleep the last few weeks. We're seeing an abnormal amount of hacking and bruteforce attempts towards Joomla and WordPress sites the last two and a half weeks. Additionally, the popular WordPress plugin Social Media Widget was reported to have suddenly started to insert hidden spam SEO links. Solving these problems immediately became our security team's goal number one. There were some easy solutions like fully restricting the access to the application login forms for the time of the attacks and forceful removal of all faulty plugins. We saw other hosts take these actions. However, we do not like easy security solutions that make customers feel punished, while other people are the real wrong-doers. Guided by this belief we once again solved the problems in our own way – efficiently and at the same time user-friendly.

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